Manoj Kuroor

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Manoj Kuroor
Manoj Kuroor
Manoj Kuroor
Born (1971-05-31) 31 May 1971 (age 43)
Kottayam, India
Nationality Indian
Education PhD
Alma mater School of Letters, Mahatma Gandhi University
Occupation Poet, lecturer
Notable work(s) Coma, Uthamapurushan Katha Parayumpol, Thrithala Kesavan
Spouse(s) N. Sandhyadevi
Children K. M. Sreedevi, Vishakh K. Vasudevan
Parents Kuroor Cheriya Vasudevan Namboothiri, Sreedevi Andarjanam
Relatives Kuroor Vasudevan Namboothiri (Grandfather)
Awards Kerala Sahitya Akademi Kanakasree Award, 2007

Manoj Kuroor (Malayalam മനോജ് കുറൂർ; born 31 May 1971) is a Malayalam poet and lyricist.

Personal life[edit]

Manoj was born at Kottayam, to chenda exponent Kuroor Cheriya Vasudevan Namboothiri and Sreedevi Andarjanam. He is the grandson of Kathakali artist Kuroor Vasudevan Namboothiri.[1] Manoj learnt Thayambaka and Kathakali melam from his father and then from Aayamkudi Kuttappa Marar.[2] Manoj has been playing chenda for Kathakali since 1989.[2]

Manoj studied at Baselius College, Kottayam, St. Berchmans College, Changanassery and then at School of Letters, Kottayam. From School of Letters, Manoj obtained MPhil for his research on rhythm structures in Kunchan Nambiar's Harineeswayamvaram Thullal.[2] He was awarded doctorate by the same institution for his research on folk rhythms in modern Malayalam poetry.[2] He joined N. S. S. College, Pandalam as Malayalam lecturer in 1997. He is currently Associate Professor in the Malayalam department at N. S. S. Hindu College, Changanassery. He is married to N. Sandhyadevi[3] and they have a daughter and a son.[2]


Manoj composed two Kathakali librettos Panchali Dhananjayam and Bhagavad Geetha during his college days.[2] He won the Kunchu Pillai Memorial Award for Young Poets in 1997 for his poem Thrithala Kesavan which was based on the Thayambaka expert Thrithaka Kesava Poduval. His first published poetry collection Uthamapurushan Katha Parayumpol (When the First-Person Narrates) contains 30 poems. Critic E. P. Rajagopalan and post-modern poet A. C. Sreehari in their study point out that Manoj follows a rare technique of storytelling in poetry.[4] For this book, Manoj won the S. B. T. Poetry Award in 2005.[5]

In October 2005, he published a fiction poem named Coma in Bhashaposhini, which was later published as an independent book in 2006. For this book, he won the Kanakasree Award of Kerala Sahitya Akademi in 2007.[6]

Manoj has published more than 50 articles on various topics such as western classical music, classical art forms, popular music, folklore art forms, cinema, literature, and cyber culture. He also writes poems and literary criticism in contemporary publications.[2] Some of his works have been included in the syllabuses of various universities in Kerala.[7]

He wrote a three-scene aattakatha and related lyrics for the film Vanaprastham. He also wrote six songs for the film Swapaanam.[8] Manoj did the music direction for two of P. Balachandran's dramas Maya Seethangam: Oru Punyapuranaprasna Nadakam[2] and Theatre Therapy.[9]

Published works[edit]

Manoj's published works are listed below:

His poems are included in the following anthologies:

  • Yuvakavithakkoottam, D. C. Books, Kottayam, 1999. ISBN 81-7130-991-7
  • Kavithayude Noottandu (The Century of Poems), Sahitya Pravarthaka Co-operative society, Kottayam, 2001.
  • Kavithavarsham (The Rain of Poetry), Green Books, Thrissur, 2003. ISBN 81-88582-24-7
  • Paristhithikkavithakal (Poems on Environment), S. P. C. S., Kottayam, 2006.
  • Disakal (The Directions), National Book Trust, Delhi, 2007.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Kunchu Pillai Memorial Poetry Award, 1997 (Thrithala Kesavan)
  • S. B. T. Poetry Award, 2005 (Uthamapurushan Katha Parayumpol)
  • Kerala Sahitya Akademi Kanakasree Award, 2007 (Coma)


  1. ^ "Kurur Vasudevan Namboothiri no more". Manorama Online. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Manoj Kuroor". Malayala Chalachithram. 
  3. ^ "മനോജ്‌ കുറൂർ". Puzha Books. 
  4. ^ E. P. Rajagopalan, A. C. Sreehari. Vivarthanathil Nashtappedunnathu: Kavithayute Samskarikasamvadam, Uthamapurushan Katha Parayumpol. pp. 82–83. 
  5. ^ "Malayalam being given the go-by". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sahitya Akademi awards for 2007 announced". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "University of Calicut – Malayalam Syllabus". 
  8. ^ "Malayalam film Swapaanam to premiere during DIFF". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "All about angst". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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